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All eyes were on the pitchers on Friday. JA Happ was not sharp, Danny Salazar and the Clippers relievers were. The Bisons were no hit for eight and two thirds until Anthony Gose singled.

Kyle Drabek pitched four solid innings for New Hampshire as did Deck McGuire pitching in relief. The Fisher Cats won.

Aaron Sanchez pitched five shutout innings but the bullpen was not good, Dunedin had only two hits and lost easily.

Taylor Cole has had an up and down season but he was outstanding on Friday and Lansing cruised.

Alberto Tirado struggled but battled through as Bluefield won. Jesus Tinoco was outstanding as the GCL Jays split a doubleheader. Vancouver blew a big lead before winning in extras.

Among the players the Jays faced on Friday were the uni-named Jose Jose, Socrates Brito who was philosophical about the Lugnuts win, and Confesor Lara, against whom the GCL Jays didn't have a prayer.

Buffalo 0  Columbus 8

Danny Salazar gave the big league Blue Jays trouble and it would be expected that he would do the same to the Bisons. He no hit them through five innings. The Jays din't get a hit until Anthony Gose singled with two ots in the ninth inning. In addition to Salazar the Clippers used former major leaguers Vinnie Pestano and Clay Rapada.

JA Happ was not sharp, he needed 95 pitches to get through 4.2 innings. He had six hits off him and three walks and he was charged with 3 of the runs. Joel Carreno also gave up 3 runs. Gose's hit was the only one.


New Hampshire 5  Richmond 2

Kyle Drabek pitched four innings. He just allowed one hit but it was a solo home run. He had 3 K's. Deck McGuire relieved Drabek and he also pitched four innings and gave up a run. McGuire gave up 3 hits, but he beat Drabek in K's with 5.

The Fisher Cats trailed until the sixth when Brad Glenn and Kevin Nolan had back to back jacks. Adam Loewen doubled and scored the fifth run. Loewen and Lance Zawadski each had two hits at the top of the order. AJ Jimenez was 1-4 with an RBI. Andy Burns had the night off.


Palm Beach 5  Dunedin 1

Aaron Sanchez did not make it out of the first inning last time out. On this day he pitched five shutout innings, 3 hits, 3 walks and 5 K's. Kramer Champlin wasn't that good, he was hit around for 5 runs in 2.2 innings.

The Jays had only two hits. KC Hobson had one of the hits in the ninth to drive in the only run. Shane Opitz had the other one.


Lansing 5  South Bend 1

Taylor Cole pitched well, the first hitter he faced singled and scored but that was the only run he allowed through six plus innings. Griffin Murphy pitched three shutout innings in relief.

The Lugnuts loaded the bases in the second, Kevin Patterson walked and Carlos Ramirez and Santiago Nessy singled. Jordan Leyland singled in two runs and a third scored on a ground out. Leyland and Dwight Smith each hit a solo home run in the fifth. Ramirez and Leyland had two hits each.


Hillsboro 8  Vancouver 9 - 10 innings

Vancouver scored four runs in the first and built a 6-0 lead after three innings. The Canadians led 8-3 heading to the ninth with closer Chuck Ghysels coming into the game. Ghysels walked the first hitter, wasn't helped by an error but he allowed a run and loaded the bases, tying run at the plate with two out. The next hitter doubled and cleared the bases, the lead is down to 8-7. The next hitter grounded to short but Christian Vazquez booted the ball, tied game.

Joe Spano loaded the bases in the top of the tenth but he escaped. In the bottom of the tenth David Harris led off with a single, was sacrificed to second before Vazquez found some redemption with a game winning single. Harris led the hitters with 4 hits. Jeremy Gabryszwski started and pitched 6 innings allowing three runs on 4 hits.


Bluefield 11  Elizabethton 3

Alberto Tirado gave up 2 runs in 4 innings but he gave up 7 hits and 3 walks, ten baserunners, two scored in 4 innings. Adaric Kelly and Alvido Jimenez finished up.

The Jays had 12 hits. Matt Dean was 3-4 with a walk. Mitch Nay was 2-3 with 3 walks. Dean is hitting 310, Nay 309. Nay is 9 months younger than Dean and has an edge in OPS. Plus Dean has 37 K's to Nay's 22.


GCL Tigers 4  GCL Blue Jays 5 - game 1

Chad Beck got the injury rehab start and he wasn't good, he faced five hitters and left the game trailing 1-0 with the bases loaded.  An error by John Tolisano then let two more runners score.  Beck was followed by Jesus Tinoco who pitched 5.2 innings of one hit ball with 5 K's.  He did give up a run in his last inning when a walk was followed by the only hit he allowed all game. 

The Jays faced the unusually named Confesor Lara.  Confesor held the Jays to one run over six innings.  The only run came in the first inning on a sac fly by Rowdy Tellez...more from him in  a moment.  The Jays trailed 4-1 headed to the bottom of the seventh, and facing a new pitcher.  With two outs Franklin Barreto doubled in two runs.  Tom Collins singled barreto home to tie the game and Tellez singled Collins home for the win.  Barreto and Collins had two hits each, Tellez had two RBI.  Sean Ratcliffe recorded his first professional win.


GCL Blue Jays 0  GCL Tigers 3 - game 2

The Jays had only one hit, a single by Daniel Devonshire in the third inning.  Oscar Cabrera started for the Jays and he walked the lead off hitter.  Two singles, another walk and a wild pitch later the Jays were down 2-0.  Francisco Diaz pitched three decent innings to bring his ERA down to 6.4.


3 Stars

#3 - Jesus Tinoco

#2 - Taylor Cole

#1 - David Harris




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Richard S.S. - Saturday, August 03 2013 @ 11:28 AM EDT (#277527) #
GCL stats can only tell us the samples are too small. That being said, Franklin Barreto (17), (IFA), Thomas Collins III (24), (UFA) and Chris Rowley (23),(Army) show some promise. Mostly, much too early to tell with anybody.
finch - Saturday, August 03 2013 @ 04:27 PM EDT (#277544) #

One thing for sure is that the Lansing Lugnuts will be stacked with prospects next season:

DJ Davis

Dick Thon Jr

Matthew Dean

Mitch Nay

Dawel Lugo

Franklin Barreto

Tom Robson

Gabriel Canas

Adonys Cardova

Chase DeJong

Jairo Labourt

Alberto Tirado

Jake Anderson (Long shot to play with them next season)


We are finally seeing the fruits of AA's labour when it comes to the Latin American players. We've got really good ones coming down the pipeline. With a couple first rounders next season, it's not out of the question that the Jays get ranked in the top 5 prospect system within the next 2 years.

Is it possible that with the development of all these players, and organizational fillers, do the Blue Jays acquire a second Low-A team? Is that possible? Anyone?


#2JBrumfield - Saturday, August 03 2013 @ 05:02 PM EDT (#277545) #
I was at the C's game yesterday, though I was a couple of innings late. Dickie Thon Jr. pulled a muscle after being caught in a rundown between third and home in the first inning after Andy Fermin tapped one back to the mound. Seeing the replay on the scoreboard as the "Play of the Game", Thon did wind up scoring the run as he knocked the ball out of the catcher's glove. It was not a Buster Posey-Scott Cousins or Ray Fosse-Pete Rose type of collision, it was just a case of running into his arm and knocking the ball loose. Thon was back in the field for the top of the 2nd and handled a ground ball but Christian Vazquez pinch-hit for him in the next-half inning. He made a couple of errors, including the one that produced the tying run for Hillsboro.

It was an interesting matchup on the mound as Braden Shipley, the D-Backs first-round pick, pitched against Jeremy Gabryszwski. The C's roughed up Shipley, who was throwing around 92-94 MPH, and he only lasted 2 2/3 innings. The G-Man had a no-hitter going until one out into the fifth. He appeared to be running out of gas in the sixth and gave up a bases-loaded double. The Hops had to settle for two runs instead of three as Melvin Garcia started a 9-4-2 play to nail the third runner at the plate. Still, it was a quality start and he was in line for the win after Matt Johnson pitched two scoreless innings. He was throwing around 90-92 mph. The Hops hit a couple of balls hard but they were at 'em balls.

Chuck Ghysels did himself no favours by walking the leadoff man in the ninth. Justin Atkinson made an error at first to load up the bases but he struck out the next two hitters and was a strike away from ending the game. However, Hillsboro hit a bases-clearing double to draw to within a run before a Vazquez error at short led to the tying run. Instead of wearing the goat horns, Vazquez wore the hero's cape. Vazquez broke a 0-for-22 slump by dropping one fair down the left field line to score David Harris with the winning run.

The C's will be hard pressed to make the playoffs, given the recent injuries to Thon and L.B. Dantzle, their number three hitter. Losing Jordan Leyland and Dan Klein to Lansing didn't help either. However, it's a chance for others to step up.

Ladner B.C. native Tom Robson gets the start tonight for the C's. Fellow Canadian Shane Dawson is slated to go Sunday.
Gerry - Saturday, August 03 2013 @ 07:32 PM EDT (#277548) #
Thanks #2.
Gerry - Saturday, August 03 2013 @ 07:55 PM EDT (#277549) #
Collins and Rowley are too old for the GCL. Collins is 24. Kevin Pillar is 24, Anthony Gose is 22. There are 5 teams between Collins and the others.
Richard S.S. - Saturday, August 03 2013 @ 09:02 PM EDT (#277550) #
Yes Gerry I understand, however with 28 Draft Picks signed, 10 or more Undrafted Free Agents (SR, 5S) and an unknown number of Internationals signed at some time or other and being promoted 'stateside', finding room for everyone to play results in mismatches. Chris Rowley has 60 days leave between graduating West Point and returning for assignment. So he gets to be a success before his future starts. Boomer Collins is the sacrificial lamb for GCL as giver of motivation for the Kids. If he's the real thing, doesn't he move faster or get drafted?
greenfrog - Saturday, August 03 2013 @ 09:19 PM EDT (#277551) #
I wonder if the Jays might have any interest in this player as a second base solution:
Richard S.S. - Saturday, August 03 2013 @ 09:54 PM EDT (#277554) #
Well, signing him cost only money with no restrictions due to his age. He's 26 and how far away? It would be nice if he's MLB-ready, but would he be good enough? Risks are fine if he's 18, less so if he's 22-24, but might be unacceptable at 26. If A.A. goes after him, it might alleviate concerns about the financial constraints he's under. If he's not interested...?
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